It has been a rough week for Americans.
As a nation, we mourned the loss of 21 lives when a shooter entered an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, Tuesday and ended the lives of 19 kids and two teachers.
Locally, we mourned the loss of Pensacola activist Durrell Palmer and Carla Elaine Williams, a longtime Pensacola resident and beloved member of the Pensacola State College Community. The pair were killed in separating shootings this week.
We typically reserve this space to highlight our subscriber-only stories of the week. However, we also implore you to read about and remember the lives of our lost community members.
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Among our subscriber only stories, Myrtle Grove Elementary students will begin attending class inside portable trailers next fall as the 84-year-old school building undergoes demolition. Construction for the new school is estimated to be completed in 2025.
Continuing the trend of budding celebrity chefs in Pensacola, Southern magazine Garden & Gun has not only invited local chefs to participate but also plans to hold the G&G Seafood Rodeo at Grand Marlin in June.
Last up, Milton is on the search, again, for new proposals to revitalize the the Blackwater riverfront. One of the original proposals was withdrawn shortly after submission, and the second proposal failed to gain traction.
Myrtle Grove students to learn inside trailers for over 2 years
The old Myrtle Grove Elementary School building has stood for the last 84 years.
Built in 1938, the school's main building was one of the oldest Escambia County School District facilities still in use during the 2021-2022 school year.
But this week marked the last time students would learn within its walls because the building has been earmarked for demolition.
Construction of a new Myrtle Grove Elementary school is set to begin next year, but until it is completed, students will attend classes inside portable trailers on the school campus starting next fall.
Garden & Gun magazine highlights Pensacola chefs for Seafood Rodeo
Some of Pensacola's staple chefs have gained the attention of nationally recognized Southern magazine, Garden & Gun, to participate in the G&G Seafood Rodeo hosted at Pensacola's own Grand Marlin next month.
Grand Marlin Chefs Gregg McCarthy, Darian Hernandez and Ed Lordman will be working alongside Angelena's Executive Chef James Briscione and Craft Bakery Chef Jordan Hewes to assemble a sea-to-table experience for hungry visitors.
Milton begins search for new bids to revitalize Blackwater riverfront
The city of Milton is back on the hunt for developers to transform and revitalize the Blackwater riverfront after the original plans fell stagnant.
The city has been acquiring separate parcels along the bend on either side of the Milton Marina on Quinn Street — where the development project is centered — which is two blocks south of Carpenter's Park and five blocks east of Stewart Street.
The idea is a public-private partnership in which the city holds ownership of the land, but a private company creates the commercial and community interest points to boost economic development in downtown Milton.
The new request for proposals is now live, and interested parties have until Aug. 10 to submit to the city.
This article originally appeared on Pensacola News Journal: Garden & Gun magazine Seafood Rodeo, Milton Blackwater revitalization